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The Community Education and Communications Manager position is a great opportunity for a professional with demonstrated commitment to public service and a strong background in communications and public outreach. This position will work to advance Coloradans' awareness of the Department’s work, resources, guidance, and programs related to issues ranging from mental health, to consumer protection, and civic education. This dynamic position will work with department leadership, addressing top priorities of the Attorney General and the Department of Law, and serving as a catalyst to drive community education initiatives forward.
WHO WE ARE
The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is committed to serving as the "People's Lawyer." Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: "Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all." Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.
Visit our website to learn more: https://coag.gov/.
Description of Job
This position is open only to residents of Colorado.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
The Community Education and Communications Manager is responsible for developing and managing communications, education and outreach related to consumer protection, civic engagement, public health and safety, and other educational community engagement initiatives. This position builds strategic marketing and educational campaigns that advance educational dialogue with consumers and communities across Colorado to advance community education initiatives with partnerships, media, events, and other forms of engagement.
This position develops and deploys throughout the Department the best practices on communications and public education campaigns. This person oversees a budget to run Department communications and education campaigns, and determines, with Communications Team staff, strategic plans that will include developing compelling public-facing materials, leveraging existing and new partnerships, running coordinated events, developing other forms of public-education-related engagement. using social media and traditional media campaigns, and determines how best to advance community education initiatives. The position assesses education campaign impact and appropriate learnings to adapt subsequent campaigns.
This position successfully develops and maintains relationships with community partners to plan and execute collaborative program efforts on a range of topics consistent with Department priorities. This position coordinates working groups and task forces to launch and coordinate statewide partnerships and programs and manages educational projects and awareness campaigns on a range of topics. The position researches, evaluates, and recommends courses of action to the Director of the Division of Community Engagement, the Director of Communications, Department staff, and the Attorney General on assigned projects.
Additionally, the position assists in overseeing the work of two professional staff members in the Communications team.
Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions in the Department of Law.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Minimum Qualifications: Please document all relevant experience in detail on your application. Experience will not be inferred or assumed. Any part-time experience listed will be prorated.
- Requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND
- Three years of professional experience in communications, marketing, community education, coalition building, and/or creation or production of media or public awareness content. This experience should be the primary purpose of (not ancillary to or an occasional part of) the assignment.
- The successful applicant must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications, we are seeking candidates that have at least some, if not many, of the following skills and experiences.
- Demonstrated record of developing strategic communications and public education programs
- Demonstrated success working with a variety of stakeholders and building relationships
- Experience with community outreach and developing partnerships with government, private sector, and non-profit stakeholders
- Excellent written communication skills including experience drafting press releases, media content, and other publications for mass communication
- Project management experience, particularly with public education campaigns
- Experience developing and executing robust social media programs, and knowledge of digital tools
- Extensive connections with Colorado communities
- Public service mindset and desire to serve the public
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Ability to serve as a catalyst, driving projects forward
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to develop solutions and measure results
- Strong organizational skills
- Enthusiasm to work on and advance DOL priorities
Substitutions: Professional experience in communications, marketing, community education, coalition building, and/or creation or production of media or public awareness content as the primary function of the job will substitute for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis. A master's degree in business administration, public administration, nonprofit management, education, communication, or a related field will substitute for one year of the required experience.
Note: Candidates possessing a foreign degree must submit a translation (evaluation) of their degree from an accredited institution, such as The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services in order to be given credit for the degree.
Conditions of Employment:
- Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
- Requires working in the office in downtown Denver a minimum of 3 days per week.
- Some in town and statewide travel required, up to 15 percent of monthly hours, or 2-3 days per month.
- Effective August 15, 2022, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within three (3) business days of hire. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. In the event of serial testing, religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.
Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
HOW TO APPLY
Required Application Materials
- A completed State of Colorado Application: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application provided is fully completed and clearly describes their education, training and experience as it relates to this position. Applications left blank or marked “See Resume” will not be considered.
- Cover Letter
- Current resume: A detailed resume displaying your skills and experience is required. This document will be used to assess candidates during the comparative analysis process.
Veteran’s Preference: In order to be considered for veteran’s preference you must attach a copy of your DD214 forms as well as any documentation required to prove disability or marital status.
Your application will be reviewed by a qualified Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If your application does not demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements, you will be notified that you will not proceed in the selection process for this position. If your application is rejected and you have questions, you may contact Susie Esparza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the process is typically a structured application/resume review by a panel of subject matter experts against the job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this job announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and potential job fit.
- Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
- Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement and demonstrates the level of responsibility assigned.
- Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current experience is preferred.
It is imperative that the “Work Experience” section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work product, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants as the materials may be used to identify a top group for additional assessment or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.
An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.
For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to spb.colorado.gov or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.
WHY WORK FOR US
We Embrace Flexibility
We aim to produce outstanding work product for our clients, be efficient with our time, and support each other as team members – which also means we embrace flexible working arrangements when and where possible.
We Are Committed to Diversity
At the Department of Law, we know that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute. As such, we strive to provide a safe environment where individuals feel valued and respected for who they are; demonstrate a behavior and mindset where differences are welcomed, and individuals are equally treated and empowered to do their best work; and promote growth and innovation through a diverse workforce that contributes to creative problem solving and delivers excellent work.
We Have Strong Core Values
Our core values drive our actions. At the Department of Law, we are: 1) principled, maintaining the highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, and careful evaluation of facts; 2) public servants, who are always ensuring our work is not about us, but instead is about the people of Colorado; 3) innovative, by seeking to identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, and look to improve; and 4) "better together," by working to support each other and collaborate.
We are Committed to Developing our Employees
We are deeply invested in our talent and regularly provide meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth through training and coaching. Further, our professional development and performance goal setting process is collaborative and ongoing, and aimed at helping our employees grow and succeed.
We Offer Excellent Benefits
In addition to the comprehensive State of Colorado benefits package including competitive medical and dental health plans, employer-paid life insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans with Colorado PERA, and vacation and sick leave earned each month, there are many other unique benefits that we offer, including:
- Medical and dental health plans
- Employer-paid life insurance
- Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
- 11 paid holidays per year
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness – The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program forgives the remaining balance on your direct loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a repayment plan while working full-time for a qualified employer.
- Free access to an on-site fitness center
- Strong, flexible retirement benefits including 401K and 457 plans
- Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State personnel system
- Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
The Department of Law is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Julie Christopher at email@example.com.